Just to confuse you all further, here’s a blog post from myself…on my Blogger page. Some more info on Cannibal Nuns from Outer Space! and a feeble excuse as to my lack of books this year.
Greetings! Been an odd week, only three days at work but had to do a couple of midnight finishes. Still, Friday now and I can crack on with the weekend. First up, I’ve written a new short story, I would give you the title, but I haven’t settled on it yet. It currently has three, and I am editing it some more this afternoon where I should hopefully get a better handle on it. It’s going to be submitted to a cool anthology, I’m not 100% it’ll get in, but if not, it’ll be used for something else.
Which brings me on neatly to number two. Not THAT number two. I’m working on getting a newsletter sorted out, seems to be the sensible thing to do. Every quarter I’ll send summat out, which will have excerpts from works in progress, a short story maybe? Chances to win stuff, and a section given over to the pink hatted marvel, that is BOOK PIMP. I’ll also chuck in an exclusive e-Book, called MIXED SIGNALS, which will contain a mix of published short stories, and a couple of exclusive ones just for subscribers.
Finally…I’ve written a short story called GLASSJAW, which is going to be inside a wrestling (yes, wrestling) themed anthology, which should be out before years end. The line up is pretty damn cool, and my offering is one of the best things I’ve ever written. Biased? Maybe, but I’m also my harshest critic, and I LOVE this story. Here’s the cover, to whet your appetite. Until next week.
Ahoy! I’m now down to a four day working week, mainly so I have three whole dedicated days to writing and all of the other tasks that go along with it. So you can expect regular posts on here, what will they consist of? Updates on projects, and general ramblings.
First off, my story, LIVE TO SERVE, was released this week in the second volume of the Unleashed: Monsters Vs Zombies anthology. This was my first ever short story acceptance, and I’m glad that it is finally out in the world. It pits the undead against another man made monster, which one? Best pick up the book and find out for yourself.
I have two more short stories out before the end of the year, SOLID FOUNDATIONS, my first ever attempt at an extreme horror short story, features in VS: Extreme, released by Shadow Work Publishing, in December I think. It’s the sickest thing I’ve ever written, my wife refuses to read it, or for me to even say what’s in there. The second, is GLASSJAW, a story about the hardcore wrestling scene. This is in the Wrestle Maniacs anthology, and there are some really cool people in there. Am stoked to be included.
The main news is that I’ve just finished the third draft of my new novel, highbrow literary piece, CANNIBAL NUNS FROM OUTER SPACE! This year has been stop-start, and I’ve not written anything of length except this. I doubt it will be out this year, I reckon around February time. The wife is currently reading it and so far said, “It’s really easy to read,” amongst the tutting and eye rolling from my little isms. The book is silly, OTT and been getting a bit of buzz out in social media land. I’d love to find a publisher for it, but I envisage having to put this out myself.
Till next week…
Trapped Within has been out in the wild for a few weeks now, and is doing alright. It even hit #1 in the Kindle Horror Anthology charts over the release weekend, which is an outstanding feat. With ALL proceeds going to the Stroke Association, this book gives you loads of entertainment and a nice warm glow from helping out a charity. You’ll see that it isn’t available to purchase through the Shop just yet, with the added expense, I’m holding off until convention season starts up again. It will be more expensive here than Amazon though, as I need to cover my costs in addition to making sure there is money for the charity. If you want it on Kindle, you can get it here:
Massively pleased to announce that my story, ‘(Sub) Routine’, will be a part of the Shadows and Teeth, Vol. 3 anthology. The TOC is pretty damn impressive, topped by the legend that is Guy N. Smith. It’s definitely one off my writing bucket list, that’s for sure. Keep an eye out for more information on the release date etc, here’s the official announcement from publisher, Darkwater Syndicate Inc.
Plus, CHECK OUT THAT COVER !
A little on the random side, but I got an email yesterday, advising me that my zombie short story collection, CHUMP, has been nominated for a Saboteur Award, in their Short Story Collection category. Rather cool, even been invited to the awards ceremony, on 13 May, so a good excuse for a night out in London with the missus. If you’re interested to see what else has been nominated, check out the link below, and vote for anything which takes your fancy.
In some rather cool news, I’m going to be a guest at the Swansea Horror Con, taking place at the beginning of July. Been looking forward to getting back out onto the convention scene again, and the organisers of this con, and a couple of others, Birmingham and Liverpool, have had many good things said about them.
Check out who else is attending, and if you’re free, pop along and say hello.
Following a most excellent day at the tenth Festival of Zombie Culture, hosted by Zombie Ed, Chump is now officially all grown up and released into the world. Eight stories on the undead, each a little something different, plus a bonus story tucked away, a la Marvel. Pick it up online, or via the SHOP, where I’ll put a squiggle in it for you, and, if you’re quick, a limited edition 28 Seconds Later postcard.
Ahead of the release of CHUMP, my zombie collection, I wanted to allow one of the stories to escape into the wild, so people can have a bit of a read of something new. So, I released 28 SECONDS LATER, as a Kindle only short story, which you can bag on Amazon. Not content with it being in readable format, the excellent Chris Barnes has also narrated it, forming my first ever audiobook. You can pick that up through the link below. It’s come out really well, and it has been cool to see how this new side of content creation is handled. Whilst I won’t be doing all of my releases in this format, I will, when I think it will work.
It is, with a degree of regret, that I have left The Sinister Horror Company, with immediate effect. The reasons why are numerous, and nothing I wish to go into, but rest assured that I will be continuing. The eagle-eyed amongst you will have seen that the words, ‘An EyeCue Production’, has adorned all of my books, since I started two years ago. This decision means that I can now turn EyeCue into its own thing, and that I’m my own boss. Which could spell disaster for me 🙂
More information on this decision is below. In essence, nothing has changed, I’m still writing, still putting out weird things in the future, the only differences are some cosmetic differences on my existing books, check out the Shop page for examples.